LSU football should have the edge for elite 2022 defensive back

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LSU football should have the edge for a potentially elite 2022 defensive back.

Jacoby Mathews hasn’t been rated yet by any of the major recruiting services, but he’s expected to be one of the top defensive backs in the 2022 recruiting class — and LSU football might have the edge to land him.

Mathews, 6-foot-2/186 lbs, is from Ponchatoula, LA, has already been identified by college football coaches as one of the top players in the 2022 recruiting class.

The Louisiana native holds offers from Alabama, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State and Utah.

Mathews has expressed interest in Alabama, recently telling Rivals that he’s “highly interested” in the Crimson Tide.

But it’s the Tigers who should be the favorites to land the dynamic defensive back. Mathews noted to Rivals “I did grow up a big LSU fan and I have high interest in them”.

Landing Mathews should certainly be a priority for the Tigers. He’s an extremely versatile, athletic player that could help LSU in a variety of ways. Mathews has played quarterback, wide receiver and safety in high school. But he’s expected to stick at defensive back at the collegiate level.

Of course, there’s still a long time until Mathews has to put pen to paper and sign with a program. Anything can happen in that time frame.

Mathews is expected to visit Alabama this spring (whenever recruiting resumes, due to the Coronavirus outbreak). And he’ll likely continue to make unofficial visits to LSU (Mathews’ hometown is only 45 minutes away from Baton Rouge).

LSU will have a fight on their hands for Mathews, but I still think they’re the team to beat here.

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The Tigers currently have three players committed to their 2022 recruiting class.